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A special social distance party as Nellie turns 100

AN OMAGH woman born in Co Antrim in the summer of 1920 has celebrated her 100th birthday with close family and friends at her home on the Tamlaght Road.

Nellie Droogan’s big day on Thursday came complete with the usual, cake, flowers and cards to mark her special centenary.

Originally Nellie Breen, her family later moved to Tyrone to take over the Halfway House Public House in Tattyreagh.

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They moved back to Ballycastle to run the Anzac Bar there for a number of years, before returning to Omagh.

Mrs Droogan later worked at the famous Doherty’s Shop in Mountjoy, before spending a number of years as a secretary at the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital.

Her only son, John, said his mother enjoyed the party, and the opportunity to meet with family and friends in a socially distanced manner.

“She still has two brothers living, Arty and Jim Breen, and it was great to have relatives and friends come to the house to mark this very special occasion,” he said.

“My parents met at a barn dance in Tattyreagh and married in 1961.

“My father, who was from Ballygawley, always loved going to the Aul Lammas Fair in Ballycastle and, somewhat ironically, he died on the day of the Lammas Fair, August 24, 1998.

“My mother enjoys talking about her childhood and early adulthood days and thankfully remains in good mental and physical health.

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“I’d just like to thank all those who came to the party and Kerry Foods who provided ice cream and flowers for everyone in attendance.”

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